By Andrea Camarena

With only 17 players to work with on Friday night, the Cardinals maneuvered themselves into their second league victory on Friday when they hosted the Woodlake Tigers.

Coming out of a scoreless first half, the Cardinals put away the first touchdown of the game and held the tigers to come out on top with a 17-14 victory.

A persistent defensive line held the Tigers throughout the game. The first half ended scoreless when the Tigers couldn't break through the Cardinals' one yard line in the final second of the second quarter on a handoff.

"Abel Gamboa had some amazing plays. He was scrambling out of the pocket to make some great passes," said Paul Dieterle, head coach.

Gamboa, now at a season total of 1,283 yards passing, connected on an 18 yard pass with Johnny Gonzalez in the Tiger's endzone to land the first touchdown of the game with 10:23 left in the first quarter.

Gonzalez' sole touchdown for the game upped his season total to eight touchdowns. The wide receiver made four receptions for 30 yards on Friday. With the Cardinals' player shortage, J. Gonzalez worked on the defensive end and held the Tiger offense with six tackles and an interception that led his team back into a scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers finally got on the board when the Cardinals' overworked defense finally began to tire at the end of the third quarter. Woodlake's Walter Martinez bounced off two Cardinal blocks to run into the endzone closing the gap to a tie at seven.

Both teams pulled out their first touchdowns on their first possessions in the second half.

The Cardinals snatched back their lead on a sailing 23-yard field goal by Jose Cervin to bring Lindsay up to 10 at the close of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter brought more scoring for the Cardinals when Gamboa found Macias in the endzone at the end of a 27-yard pass on the drive started by Gonzalez' interception on the Tigers' 46-yard line.

Four minutes later, the Tigers returned with a three-yard carry into the endzone for seven more Woodlake points.

After Macias' second interception with 1:30 left in the game, Lindsay ran out the clock and took a knee at the Tigers' 26-yard line. The Cardinals record is 2-2 in ESL and 4-2 overall. This friday they will travel to Exeter to face the Monarchs (2-2, 4-2) for the second Orange Crate game.

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